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She did not say it out loud, but it was there and then it was blotted out by cold, fatigue, and pressing cares but not completely. It was a prayer, and it was heard in the heart of Him who hears the beating of our hearts and knows our every thought and who waits for moments like these to work His will in our lives. Before she had thought of what to say to her son, His messengers were speeding faster than light to respond.
At the boys insistence, she finally looked up, and there was a star! I mean, it was as different from other stars as a bonfire is from a kitchen match. She glanced quickly down at her small son, and the soft iridescent glow of the star seemed to cast a gentle halo of light all around him. And then it was gone, and she shook her head like one who wishes to make certain of her alertness.
When they got home, she was still troubled by it. She helped the boy undress, and she tucked him in with more care and tenderness than usual. When he asked her to help him with his prayers, she did and she added a special, new prayer of her own. Dear Father, she said, Im not sure just what happened tonight, but thank you.
When she returned tot he living room, her husband, without looking up from the TV, said, Well, how did it go?
If you really cared how it went, you might try going sometime. It went about the same as last year when you didnt go with us except... and her voice trailed off into silence, and she couldnt find a way of finishing.
He looked up from the show he was watching. Except what? Did something happen?
No, nothing you would be interested in.
Hey, Im sorry I didnt go.
Yes, as a matter of fact, you did miss something. You missed being with your son and making him think he is more important than that stupid show. You missed being with me and letting me know that I am more important than that stupid show. You miss a lot of things, Andy, but tonight you missed something something really special.
She paused, her heart beating wildly because she knew she was making a leap into darkness but she knew she had to take the chance. She picked up the remote control and flipped the TV off.
Youre really worked up about this, arent you? Did something happen?
Yes, she said, Yes, something did happen, Andy at least I think it did, although Im not sure just what but its not what happened that really matters. What matters is that it made me start thinking, and we need to talk.
At some point in every holiday season, I find myself gazing at the stars. They seem especially close and significant when its cold and silent. I think I want to see that star, at least to imagine the wonder of it, as it makes its majestic and purposeful way to its appointed destination. There, where it concentrates its glorious radiance on the holy ground, is where Jesus was born. God, calling to us
Its not too hard for me to believe in that star. My childs heart, awakened from months of slumber by this blessed season, is fully confident that its guiding light brought those wise men to worship Jesus. I wonder, though where did it go? Does God still move stars to serve His purpose? Is there yet a light calling us to Bethlehem? Does His star not shine for us because we have grown so mature and practical that we dismiss it, as Scrooge dismissed his ghosts by uttering a Humbug! of disbelief?
The star was for all to see, but only the wise men were guided by it. When they arrived, they did not find multitudes of seekers who had also followed its light. Perhaps the guiding light of Gods special star is there yet, but our eyes are not pointed upward to Him because we do not believe in stars. Our eyes look inward to our own wisdom and outward to our own light and around us to the light and wisdom of people like ourselves. And all the while, God calls us by His light, pleading with us to look upward to His holiness.
This holiday season, while your childs heart is awakened, look outward and upward
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